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Former Internationals Among New Names Linked With Bolton Job


Three names have come into the reckoning as Bolton look for a new boss, with all three having represented their country at some stage – not that necessarily makes you a good manager.

The first of those is Mauro Camoranesi. A former Serie A winner with Juventus and a World Cup winner with Italy, he has been working in the Slovenian top flight with Tabor Sezana since January, where he has picked up 10 points from seven games in charge, two points above the relegation zone in a league which restarted last weekend. He has managed in Mexico and Argentina too, but the big problem is that he hasn’t lasted long anywhere, 24 games his longest spell. For all his success as a player, it wouldn’t be surprising if he has never seen a League Two game in his life, and screams “parting company by mutual consent after just 12 games.”

Steven Reid has also been linked with the job. Still, he’s a rookie, but this would be more sensible, probably more aware the situation the club finds itself in. He also has coaching experience with West Brom, Palace, Wimbledon and Scotland.

Reid has been backed by Alex Dyer, who he has worked with in the Scotland setup and took the Kilmarnock job today: “He’s a good man, he knows football, it’s been a joy working with him at international level. He had a good career, he’s got all his coaching badges. I spoke to him two days ago and I knew he was going for the job and I wished him all the best with it. I would love to see him get the job.”

One time England left back Chris Powell, is also a target according to BBC football reporter Ian Dennis

Powell did well with Charlton before Roland Duchatelet decided he wanted things to work his way and went to ruin the club, but a spell with Huddersfield wasn’t really going anywhere before he was replaced by David Wagner in 2015. He spent the last few months as assistant to Alan Pardew at ADO Den Haag (yes, the lot with the Ghostbusters banner) but they only stayed up as Eredivisie was declared null and void in the wake of the pandemic. The worry about Powell is it has been a while since he has managed, hasn’t managed in League Two, and hasn;t had much success away from Charlton.

Different people will want different things of the new boss, I’m also not 100 per cent sure. But I would want someone who knows what League Two is like, even if not from first hand experience, then either someone with a recent track record of success or a first chance with a novice coach.

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